Where to start
Looking for Scholarly Articles? Try the MLA Bibliography
Need a pre-1700 English text? Search Early English Books Online
Not sure what "Grand Guignol" refers to? Check the Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Need to locate a play published in an anthology? The Play Index can help.
Can't figure out the origin of the word "bodkin?" Look it up in the Oxford English Dictionary
Want basic biographical information on a playwright? Use the Literature Resource Center
Trying to find set designs from productions at the Meyerhold Theatre? GloPAD has them.
In search of documentaries about Henrik Ibsen? Try Theatre in Video.
Related Subject Guides
A Guide to Theater Resources
Model by Lee Simonson for Act II of Gluck's
Iphigenia in Tauris
from Theatre Arts Magazine, December 1917.
This bibliography is selective and includes titles held by the Reference collections of Olin and Uris Libraries, as well as reference materials accessible online. Some titles listed may also be available in the general stacks. Please note that the Music Library holds many resources related to musical theatre (e.g., The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre, The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia) that are not listed here. The Rare & Manuscript Collections in the Kroch Library holds many theater-related items as well, including the Bernard F. Burgunder Collection on George Bernard Shaw. Most material on Asian theater is housed in the Kroch Library Asia collections.
Resources in the Spotlight
- Theatre Archive Project
- The project aims to reinvestigate British theatre history 1945-1968, from the perspectives of both the theatregoer and the practitioner. The audio archive contains interviews with those visiting or working in the theatre in the period 1945-1968. Actors interviewed include Linda Bellingham, Bernard Hepton, Glenda Jackson, Murray Melvin, Joan Plowright, Corin Redgrave and Dudley Sutton. Writers include Trevor Griffiths, Peter Nichols, Ann Jellicoe, Ann Piper and Arnold Wesker. In addition there are interviews with theatre managers, producers, directors and designers, plus many interviews with ordinary theatregoers. The interviews with theatre professionals reveal their first encounters with the theatre, aspects of their work practices and the process of becoming a professional in what were often difficult circumstances. The interviews with theatregoers provide a contextualization of the productions and their reception by the communities at the time and in retrospect.
- Teatro Campesino Online Collection
- From the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) at University of California, Santa Barbara. This collection of 118 videos contains El Teatro Campesino plays, television specials, concerts, interviews, news footage, commercials, and workshops. The series includes the first known film that has a segment about the Teatro, "Huelga," narrated by Cesar Chavez. Other films range from the early actos to television specials on the movie "Zoot Suit." There are films of scenes from plays and whole plays, interviews with Luis Valdez and others, footage of the twentieth anniversary gala of El Teatro Campesino, and a documentary on the history of the Teatro made in 1981. Finding aid available online.
- Theatre in Video
- Contains performances of the world’s leading plays and film documentaries on the subject of theater in streaming video. Some plays presented in multiple productions exemplifying various interpretations of the text, and technical and cultural differences among the presentations. Stage work of directors and actors are cross-searchable and available for side-by-side comparison. Interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, along with excerpts of live performances, provide illustration of the development of texts and the productions.
- Play Index [Bronx, N.Y.: H.W. Wilson Co.]
- Index to more than 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present; includes mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama. All Play master records contain a link to the results of an Internet metasearch of specially selected Web sites to link to full text, criticism, and other useful information.